Antarctic Fly Cruise

For those short on time or who want to bypass the Drake Passage, a fly-cruise is the perfect option. Fly directly to King George Island in the Shetland Islands where you will dive straight into the action on this 8-day itinerary.


  • Skip the Drake Passage and save time by flying most of the way to Antarctica
  • Set foot on the least visited continent on Earth
  • See immense frozen landscapes and endemic seabirds


Day 1: Punta Arenas

Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile, where you are welcomed by staff and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, you will attend a briefing about your voyage and the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors. Later, gather for a welcome dinner and meet your fellow adventurers while enjoying a typical regional dinner.

Day 2: South Shetland Islands

Your Antarctic adventure begins with a two-hour flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands. As you step off the plane, you’ll experience your first lungful of clean Antarctic air and a sense of anticipation mounts.

Explore the area surrounding Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen station, before boarding a Zodiac to embark your expedition vessel.

Days 3 - 6: Exploring the Antarctic Peninsula

Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice- filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales.

Each day, disembark by Zodiac and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides. No journey is the same as the expedition team sets the voyage route to take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by nature, crafting a unique and extraordinary experience each time.

Your voyage may include visits to sites such as Paulet Island, Hope Bay, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Deception Island, the Lemaire Channel, or many other magnificent places. On board the ship, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations, and enjoy spectacular vistas from the glass-enclosed lounge while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests.

Day 7: South Shetland Islands

Return to King George Island and bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding your flight back to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night.

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast, transfer to Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.

Prices from:

Triple share cabins - £8,699 pp

Twin share cabins - £9,499 pp

Please contact one of our Travel Specialists for full details of departure dates, prices and special offers.

The 'Antarctic Fly Cruise' is available on the following ships:

Sea Adventurer

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Ocean Nova

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  • Specialists in polar expedition cruises to the Arctic, Antarctic and Norway

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Why book with Polar Routes?

  • We have access to a wide selection of expedition ships, cruises and operators.
  • From simple & great value to 5* luxury, choose the style of expedition cruise to suit you.
  • Our Travel Specialists will help you choose the perfect expedition cruise for your budget.
  • We only cover the Arctic & Antarctica, which ensures we know our destinations inside out.
  • Our team of Travel Specialists has extensive knowledge of all the expedition ships & operators.
  • Our team has personally seen most of the ships in our core programme.
  • Prices the same or better than the operators direct, with full package protection as standard.
  • Our holidays are protected by ATOL, for your complete peace of mind.
  • As a team of passionate travellers, we really do care about you and your holiday.